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Immediate Antidepressant
5-HTP
by yelnats
Citation:   yelnats. "Immediate Antidepressant: An Experience with 5-HTP (exp106715)". Erowid.org. Jul 8, 2019. erowid.org/exp/106715

 
DOSE:
50 mg oral Tryptophan - 5-HTP (capsule)
  50 mg oral Tryptophan - 5-HTP (capsule)
  50 mg oral Tryptophan - 5-HTP (capsule)

BODY WEIGHT: 85 kg


I have had problems with mental health for most of my life mainly mild to moderate depression with Generalised Anxiety Disorder. I have been prescribed various antidepressants from my Doctor, Citalopram, Fluoxetine and Duloxetine with little to no effect. the side effects outweighed any benefits for sure.

I decided to do lots and lots of research online and came across 5-HTP, I was fascinated by the amount of great reports on this precursor to Serotonin. It all seemed to make sense. There has been some positive research studies however these were not taken up any further by the scientific community, maybe this was because Drug companies make billions in profit selling common anti-depressant drugs and want to protect there income.

I bought a 60 tub of 50mg 5-HTP capsules from a large health store chain in the UK. I ingested 1 50mg capsule straight away with water after around 15 minutes I was overcome by a sudden mood lift followed by a strange but pleasant tingling soothing feeling
I was overcome by a sudden mood lift followed by a strange but pleasant tingling soothing feeling
, as though someone was rubbing an ice cube down my spine to cool me down on a hot day. I found things much funnier and noticed I had an urge to laugh which I did, this urge to laugh only lasted briefly for a minute or two when the effects started taking effect.

The mood lift seemed to last for a good few hours. I initially thought to myself placebos are very powerful so I ingested another capsule with the exact same effects. I ingested the last one a few hours before bed, same again. I was impressed and really hope that 5-HTP could be for the long term. I did still had problems sleeping that night so had to take a small dose of Benzodiazepine to switch off. Dreams were quite vivid and not of a bad nature.

In a conclusion, so far 5-HTP has shown to be a great antidepressant that acts very rapidly, however I need to continue further study and different dosing schedules for many days and weeks to come. I don't see any misuse potential and there was no euphoria, just pleasantness. No noticeable side effects. Very happy bunny. 5-HTP seems to be quite expensive especially if one was to take doses 200mg or higher each day but in my opinion definitely worth it. Time will tell. Smiles :)

Exp Year: 2015ExpID: 106715
Gender: Male 
Age at time of experience: 34 
Published: Jul 8, 2019Views: 1,264
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Tryptophan - 5-HTP (196) : Depression (15), Medical Use (47), Not Applicable (38)

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